LOS ANGELES—Following his third victory in the last five races and second in three races this season, Las Vegas’ All-America racer Rob MacCachren has launched himself into the SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck point lead after three of five races in the 2012 SCORE Desert Series.
With back to back overall wins in 2012 (Laughlin-Round 2 and San Felipe) after opening the season with a ninth-place finish in the first round in Laughlin, Nev., MacCachren, 46, has earned 177 championship points in the No. 20 Rockstar Energy/MasterCraft Racing Ford F-150. He is not only the SCORE Overall point leader, he is also at the top of the leaderboard in the marquee SCORE Trophy Truck division for high-tech, 850-horsepower unlimited production trucks.
‘Rockstar Rob’, who has eight SCORE season class point titles, earned his 48th career SCORE class win, his 11th career SCORE Trophy Truck race win in San Felipe. MacCachren is now tied with Las Vegas brothers Ed and Tim Herbst with the most race win in the 18-plus year history of SCORE’s Premier class. The recent San Felipe victory was also MacCachren’s fourth in the last six SCORE races.
In San Felipe, MacCachren also earned the 75 all-time SCORE Baja overall race win for noted tired manufacturer BFGoodrich. BFG Tires have now been the tire of choice for the overall 4-wheel vehicle winners in 22 MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 races, 28 in the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 and 25 in the legendary Tecate SCORE Baja 1000.
“Our Rockstar/MasterCraft race team and our Jimco race truck are totally in synch and it’s a beautiful thing to be part of it all,” reflected MacCachren, who is nearing his 200th career win in either desert or short-course/stadium racing.
“We’ve only had one major problem so far in the SCORE series this year and that was midway through the season-opener in Laughlin where I put the wheel into a berm which broke off the stem and caused a tire to go flat. Our BFG Tires are the best in the universe and it has been my honor and my confidence-builder to know that any race vehicle I am driving has the best desert racing tires in the world guiding us around the course, whether it is in the open desert or in short-course, stadium-style racing. I know it’s not over ‘til it’s over and the upcoming SCORE Baja 500 will be another huge challenge. Defending series champion Bryce Menzies will be back with us in Ensenada and with all of the other great desert racers who will be in the field we will have another SCORE race for the ages.”
Mexico’s Juan C. Lopez, who finished second in both Laughlin races and sixth in San Felipe in the No. 18 RPM OffRoad Chevy Silverado is second in SCORE Overall and SCORE Trophy Truck points. RPM leads the point standings in six classes after the first three races of the five-race 2012 SCORE Desert Series. Lopez, of Tecate, Mexico, has 168 heading into the upcoming 44th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500, to be held in Ensenada, Mexico, June 1-3.
The drawing of starting positions, by class, will be held Saturday, April 21 at the SCORE headquarters in Los Angeles.
SCORE points are based on starting, finishing, placement and number of official starters within each class.
With consistent Laughlin finishes of fourth and third along with a seventh in San Felipe, Steve Strobel, Clarks, Neb., has moved up to third in SCORE Overall points and remains third in SCORE Trophy Truck with 156 points in the No. 94 Strobel Motorsports Ford F-150.
Continuing to move out from the shadow of his father and his uncle’s experienced tracks, Southern California desert racer Cody Parkhouse is fourth in SCORE overall points and continues to lead the unlimited Class 1. With the season’s last three races all to be run in Baja, Mexico, Cody Parkhouse, 24 of Long Beach, Calif., opened the season in Laughlin in mid-January by finishing second in the first round and winning the second round followed by an 11th in his class in San Felipe in a Chevy-powered Jimco open-wheeled desert race car.
A second-generation desert racer and the youngest of the three Parkhouse racers, Cody Parkhouse has 155 season points to midway through the 39th season of Sal Fish’s SCORE Desert Series, the world’s foremost desert racing series.
Cody Parkhouse’s father and uncle are in the top five in their respective class point standings with Cody’s father Brian racing in Class 1 (fifth in class) as well as his son and his uncle Brent racing in SCORE Lites (third).
With two straight race wins after a second in the season-opening round in Class 1/2-1600, Cody Robinson, El Centro, Calif., is fifth in SCORE overall and is leading his class with 151 points in a Romo-VW.
The most extensive and impressive team performance in Laughlin was recorded by RPM Off-Road of Bristol, Tenn. While Justin Matney, one of the team’s primary drivers continues to rehab a bad back with plans to return for the next race, team regular driver Clyde Stacy along with several other drivers, recorded 11 class wins among the nine vehicles RPM had entered in two Laughlin races. In San Felipe, RPM OffRoad recorded two more class wins and seven of their eight entries were official finishers in the rugged race.
While Lopez is second in SCORE Trophy Truck, the RPM OffRoad point leaders in an unprecedented six SCORE classes are Stacy, Bristol, Va., who leads both Class 5-1600 (1600cc VW Baja Bug) and Class 2 (PSD-Chevy), Eduardo Laguna, Mexicali, Mexico (Class 6, Chevy Colorado), Rodolfo Iribe, Tijuana, Mexico (Class 8, Chevy Silverado), Derek Fletcher, Abingdon, Va. (Class 4, PSD-Chevy) and Jim Bunn, Bristol, Va. (Sportsman Buggy, Geiser-Chevy). Laguna and Iribe each have won their respective classes in all three SCORE races this season.
Besides RPM’s Laguna and Iribe the other racers who won their respective classes in all three races so far in 2012 to lead their respective class point standings are Donald Moss, Sacramento Calif. (Class 3, Ford Bronco) and Kevin Carr, San Diego (Class 5, unlimited VW Baja Bug).
Besides MacCachren, Cody Parkhouse, Robinson, Stacy (Class 2), Fletcher and Bunn, Andy Bell, Long Beach California (Stock Mini, Toyota Tacoma), Elias Hanna, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 7SX, Ford Ranger), West Bevly III, Corpus Christy, Texas (Stock Full, Ford F-150) and Billy Wilson, Corpus Christi, Texas (Class 7-2, BajaLite-Chevy) have all won their respective classes in two of three races this year to lead the points in their divisions.
Besides Cody Parkhouse (Class 1) and Stacy (Class 5-1600), the other racers who lead the points in their respective class after winning one of the first three races are Matt Cullen, Long Beach, Calif. (Class 10, AlumiCraft-Honda) and Otoneil Huerta, San Luis, Ariz. (SCORE Lites, Curry-VW).
Besides Bunn, the other top Sportsman class point leader, who also won both Laughlin races, is Nick Tonelli, Huntington Beach, Calif. (SPT Truck, Ford Ranger).
With motorcycles and ATVs racing in the three SCORE Baja races, the overall motorcycle and Class 22 (open class) point leader following his first SCORE race win is the team led by Kurt Caselli, Murrieta, Calif. who rode a factory KTM 450SX-F to victory in San Felipe while splitting the riding time with Mexico’s Ivan Ramirez.
Leading Class 30 (riders of 30 years old) is the team led by Mike Johnson, El Paso, Texas on a Honda CRF450X. Johnson has won three straight Class 30 SCORE season point titles.
Returning to SCORE after a several year absence, 2005 SCOVE Overall ATV and Class 25 champion Josh Frederick, Moapa, Nev., led a team to victory in San Felipe on a Can-Am DS-450 to assume the early lead in the same two categories.
Among the other pro motorcycle class point leaders following the first of three SCORE Baja races are the teams led by Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico (Class 21, Honda CRF450X) and Jeff Kaplan, Thousand Oaks, Calif. (Class 40, Honda CRF450X).
The top Sportsman 2-wheel point leader is the team led by Adam McCamish, Upland, Calif. (SPT M/C>450cc, Honda CRF450X).
In addition to season class point championships, the racers are also competing for part of the nearly $400,000 in cash purse and contingency postings each race. Drivers in the Pro car and truck classes are also attempting to earn prestigious SCORE Toyota Milestone Awards given to all car and truck class drivers who complete every required mile of the five-race season. Being presented by Toyota Motorsports for the 27th consecutive year, a total of 30 drivers are still in the hunt for the awards for the 2012 SCORE Desert Series after the first two rounds in the five-race series.
Racers are also competing for the annual SCORE Off-Roadsman of the Year awards, including the MasterCraft Safety SCORE Rookie of the Year award. All categories, except Engine Builder and Original Buggy Chassis Manufacturer, will be determined by public on-line voting while Engine and Buggy awards are determined by season points.
Tecate Beer is the title sponsor of the three SCORE Baja races.
MasterCraft Safety is co-title sponsor of the 26th MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250.
Official Sponsors of the SCORE Desert Series are:
-BFGoodrich Tires, Official Tire
-Volkswagen of America, Official Vehicle
-Sunoco Race Fuels, Official Race Fuel
-Slime, Official Tire Sealant
-Symons Ambulance Company, Official Ambulance
-Bilstein, Official Shock Absorber
-Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, Official Mexican Auto Insurance
Official Sponsors of the SCORE Baja 1000 are:
-Coca-Cola, Official Soft Drink
-Volaris Airlines, Official Airline
-Lightforce Performance Lighting, Official Driving Light
Additional SCORE Sponsors are – Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Las Vegas Events, Blue C Advertising, SignPros, PCI Race Radios, McKenzie’s Performance Products and Advanced Color Graphics.
For more information, contact SCORE at its Los Angeles headquarters 818.225.8402 or visit the official website of the 2012 SCORE Desert Series at www.score-international.com.
2012 SCORE Desert Series Point Leaders
(After 26th MasterCraft Safety Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250-March 9-11—San Felipe, Mexico; Remaining races: 44th Tecate SCORE Baja 500-June 1-3, Ensenada, Mexico; 45th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000-Nov. 14-17, Ensenada to La Paz, Mexico)
Top 25 Overall Cars and Trucks
(Position, Drivers, Vehicle-Engine, Class, Points)
1. Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck), 177
2. Juan C. Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy Truck), 168
3. Steve Strobel, Clarks, Neb, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck), 156
4. Cody Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (Class 1), 155
5. Cody Robinson, El Centro, Calif., Romo-VW (Class 1/2-1600), 151
6. Eduardo Laguna, Mexicali, Mexico, Chevy Colorado (Class 6), 149
7. Donald Moss, Sacramento, Calif., Ford Bronco (Class 3), 145
8. Kevin Carr, San Diego, VW Baja Bug (Class 5), 145
8. Rodolfo Iribe, San Ysidro, Calif., Chevy Silverado (Class 8), 145
8. B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy Truck), 145
11. Damen Jefferies, Apple Valley, Calif., Jefferies-Chevy (Class 1), 142
12. Derek Fletcher, Abingdon, Va., PSD-Chevy (Class 4), 139
12. Billy Wilson, Corpus Christi, Texas, BajaLite-Chevy (Class 7-2), 139
12. Wes Bevly III, Corpus Christi, Texas, Ford F-150 (Stock Full), 139
15. Robert Archibald, El Cajon, Calif., Mirage-VW (Class 1-2-1600), 137
16. Tim Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck), 136
17. Otoneil Huerta, San Luis, Ariz., Curry-VW (SCORE Lites), 135
18. Scott Whipple, Norco, Calif., Chevy Silverado (SCORE Trophy Truck), 134
19. Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va., VW Baja Bug (Class 5-1600), 133
19. Mike Shaffer, Oakland, Calif., Custom-Chevy (Class 4), 133
21. Matt Cullen, Long Beach, Calif., AlumiCraft-Honda (Class 10), 132
22. Reid Rutherford, Montrose, Colo., Mason-Chevy (Class 7-2), 129
23. Peter Hajas, Wayzata, Minn., Kreger-Chevy (Class 10), 127
23. Ryan Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif., Ford F-150 (SCORE Trophy Truck), 127
25. Ronny Wilson, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (Class 1), 126
2011 SCORE Desert Series Point Leaders
(NOTE: Motorcycles, ATVs and SPT UTVs race in the SCORE San Felipe 250, SCORE Baja 500 and SCORE Baja 1000)
Pro Cars and Trucks
(With Class wins in parenthesis)
SCORE TROPHY TRUCK—1. Rob MacCachren, Las Vegas, Ford F-150 (2), 177; 2. Juan C. Lopez, Tecate, Mexico, Chevy Silverado, 168; 3. Steven Strobel, Clarks, Neb., Ford F-150, 156; 4. B.J. Baldwin, Las Vegas, Chevy Silverado (1), 145; 5; Tim Herbst, Las Vegas/Larry Roeseler, Boulevard, Calif., Ford F-150, 136; 6. Scott Whipple, Norco, Calif., Chevy Silverado, Chevy Silverado, 134; 7. Ryan Arciero, Foothill Ranch, Calif./Troy Herbst, Las Vegas, Ford F-150, 127; 8. Cameron Steele, San Clemente, Calif., GMC Sierra, 118; 9. Ken Losch, Chandler, Ariz., Chevy Silverado, 116; 10. Gary Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore., Ford F-150, 110; 11. Mark Weyhrich, Troutdale, Ore., Ford F-150, 107.
CLASS 1—1. Cody Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy (1), 155; 2. Damen Jefferies, Apple Valley, Calif., Jefferies-Chevy, 142; 3. Ronny Wilson, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 126; 4. Monica Greenhill, Crowley, Texas, Jimco-Chevy, 119; 5. (Tie) Brian Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy and Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va., Geiser-Chevy, 106; 7. (Tie) Conan Barker, Whitter, Calif., Porter-Ford and Tony Miglini, Dallas/Armin Kremer, Germany, Jimco-Chevy, 103; 9. Harley Letner, Orange, Calif., Alpha-Chevy, 88. ALSO: 11. Luke McMillin, El Cajon, Calif./Justin Smith, Capistrano Beach, Calif., Jimco-Chevy, 73.
CLASS 1/2-1600—1. Cody Robinson, El Centro, Calif./Roberto Romo, Mexicali, Mexico, Romo-VW (2), 151; 2. Robert Archibald, El Cajon, Calif., Mirage-VW (1), 137; 3. Brian Wilson, Long Beach, Kreger-VW,, 120; 4. Brad Wilson, Long Beach, Calif., Kreger-VW, 119; 5. George Peters, Newbury Park, Calif., Lothringer-VW, 110; 6. J.J. Schnarr, Reno, Nev./Mark Levrett, Sparks, Nev., Levco-VW, 91.
CLASS 3—1. Donald Moss, Sacramento, Calif., Ford Bronco (3), 145; 2. Billy Bunch, La Quinta, Calif., Jeep Wrangler, 97.
CLASS 5—1. Kevin Carr, San Diego, VW Baja Bug (3),145.
CLASS 5-1600—1. Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va., VW Baja Bug (1), 133; 2. Erich Reisen, VW Baja Bug (2), 124.
CLASS 6—1. Eduardo Laguna, Mexicali, Mexico, Chevy Colorado (3), 149; 2. Javier Manzo, Tijuana, Mexico, Ford Ranger, 107; 3. Rene Brugger, San Diego, Ford Ranger 64.
CLASS 7—1. Brandon Walsh, Encinitas, Calif., Toyota Tacoma, 108; 2. Dan Chamlee, Carpenteria, Calif., Ford Ranger (2), 105; 3. Arturo Alvarez, Mexicali, Mexico, Ford Ranger (1), 65.
CLASS 7SX—1. Elias Hanna, Ensenada, Mexico, Ford Ranger (2), 105; 2. Justin Fisher, San Ysidro, Calif./John Holmes, Encinitas, Calif., Ford Ranger, 99; 3. Rich Severson, Tucson, Ariz., Ford Ranger, 86.
CLASS 8—1. Rodolfo Iribe, San Ysidro, Calif., Chevy Silverado (3), 145.
CLASS 10—1. Matt Cullen, Long Beach, Calif., AlumiCraft-Honda (1), 132; 2. Peter Hajas, Wayzata, Minn., Kreger-Chevy, 127; 3. Mike Lawrence, El Monte, Calif., Chenowth-Honda (1), 122; 4. Perry McNeil, Lemon Grove, Calif., Lothringer-VW, 118; 5. Mark Lawrence, El Monte, Calif., Lothringer-VW, 110.
SCORE LITES—1. Otoneil Huerta, San Luis, Ariz., Curry-VW (1), 135; 2. Rafael Navarro IV, Temecula, Calif./Vic Bruckmann, Lemon Grove, Calif., Jimco-VW (1), 92; 3. Brent Parkhouse, Long Beach, Calif./Brian Burgess, Riverside, Calif., Moulton-VW, 82; 4. Lobsam Yee, Tijuana, Mexico, Curry-VW, 72; 5. Arnoldo Ramirez, Ensenada, Mexico/Ricardo Malo, Mexicali, Mexico, Jimco-VW (1), 69.
STOCK FULL—1. Wes Bevly III, Corpus Christi, Texas, Ford F-150 (2), 139; 2. Joe Bacal, Anthem, Ariz., Lexus LX570 (1), 103; 3. Marc Stein, San Diego, Ford F-150, 60.
STOCK MINI—1. Andy Bell/Ted Moncure, Long Beach, Calif., Toyota Tacoma (2), 115
CLASS 7-2—1. Billy Wilson/Wes Bevly IV, Corpus Christi, Texas, BajaLite-Chevy (2), 139; 2. Reid Rutherford, Montrose, Colo. Mason-Chevy (1), 129; 3. Dana Dague, Huntington Beach, Calif., Mason-Chevy, 64.
CLASS 4—1. Derek Fletcher, Abingdon, Va., PSD-Chevy (2), 139; 2. Mike Shaffer, Oakland, Calif., Custom-Chevy (1), 133.
CLASS 2—1. Clyde Stacy, Bristol, Va., PSD-Chevy (2), 115; 2. Jon Anderson, San Juan Capistrano, Calif., Toyota Tacoma, 68.
CLASS 22—1. Kurt Caselli, Murrieta, Calif./Ivan Ramirez, Ensenada, Mexico, KTM 450SX-F (1), 68; 2. Colton Udall, San Clemente, Calif./David Kamo, Caldwell, Idaho, Honda CRF450X, 62 3 Mark Samuels, Yucca Valley, Calif./Ian Young, San Clemente, Calif./Matt Eddy/Max Eddy, Barstow, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 58; 4. A.J. Stewart, Jamul, Calif./Justin Morgan, Alpine, Calif./Corey Freeman, Fallbrook, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 55; 5. Francisco Arredondo, Guatemala/Matt Karlsen, Sachse, Texas/Ryan Dudek, Long Beach, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 53; 6. Robby Bell, Menifee, Calif./David Pearson, Panaca, Nev./Destry Abbott, Glendale, Ariz./Steve Hengeveld, Flagstaff, Ariz, Kawasaki KX450F, 52.
CLASS 20—1. Chas Broughton/Paul Broughton, Scotts Valley, Calif., KTM 400XC-W (1), 65; 2. Gabriel Williams, Provo, Utah, Honda CRF250X, 59.
CLASS 21—1. Francisco Septien, Ensenada, Mexico/Roberto Villalobos, Tecate, Mexico, Honda CRF450X (1), 67; 2. Adam Neuwirth, Los Angeles/Brandon Prieto, Ensenada, Mexico, Honda CRF450X, 61; 3. Carlos Casas/David Gonzalez, Chula Vista, Calif./Carlos Gutierrez, Tecate, Mexico, KTM 450XC-W, 57.
CLASS 30—1. Mike Johnson, El Paso, Texas/Rex Cameron, Albuquerque, N.M./Steve Garnett, Carson City, Nev.Jason Trubey, Henderson, Nev., Honda CRF450X (1), 65; 2. Christopher Parr, Colorado Springs, Colo., Yamaha WR450, 59.
CLASS 40—1. Jeff Kaplan, Thousand Oaks, Calif./Ron Wilson, Encinitas, Calif., Honda CRF450X, (1), 65; 2. Mike Prunty/Sterlyn Rigsby/Collie Potter, Temecula, Calif./Lester Lehigh, Bishop, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 59; 3.Mike Johnson, El Paso, Texas/Chuck Dempsey, Oak Hills, Calif./David Fry, Henderson, Nev., Honda CRF450X, 55.
CLASS 50—1. Marc Prince, Malibu, Calif./Eric McKenna, Loomis, Calif./Doug Smith, Upland, Calif./Dave Potts, Burbank, Calif., Honda CRF450X (1), 65; 2. Mark Winkelman, Cedar Hill, Texas/Steve Williams, Tehachapi, Calif./Mike Korenwinder, Tulare, Calif., Honda CRF450X. 59.
CLASS 60—1. Donald Lewis, Marlborough, Conn., Honda CRF450X, 35.
CLASS 25—1. Josh Frederick, Moapa, Nev./Dillon Zimmerman, Murrieta, Calif./Cesar Lopez, San Felipe, Mexico, Can-Am DS-450 (1), 71; 2. Wayne Matlock/Josh Caster, El Cajon, Calif./Wes Miller, Los Angeles, Honda TRX450R, 65; 3. Rafael Torres/Damaria Maduena/Carlos Cansteneda/Felipe Torres,, San Felipe, Mexico/Stefano Caputo, San Felipe, Mexico (Italy), Honda TRX450R, 61; 4. Juan Naranjo/Felipe Torres, San Felipe, Mexico/Manlio Diaz/Mario Beltran, La Paz, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 58; 5. Brandon Brown, Umatilla, Ore./Jorie Williams, Longview, Wash./Kenny Sanford, Tacoma, Wash./Jamie Kirkpatrick, Olympia, Wash., Honda TRX450R, 56; 6. Craig Christy, Burbank, Calif./Dave Scott, Belen, N.M./Andy Lagzdins, Burbank, Calif./Cody Mitchell, Las Vegas, Honda TRX700XX, 55.
CLASS 24—1. Rafael Torres/Juan Naranjo/Arnoldo Castaneda/Jose Meza, San Felipe, Mexico/Julio Lizarraga, Mexicali, Mexico, Honda TRX450R (1), 69; 2. Manuel Jimenez, San Felipe, Mexico/Aaron Hernandez, Mexicali, Mexico, Honda TRX250R, 63; 3. Oscar Ruiz/Roberto Ruiz, El Centro, Calif./Adan Arellano, Mexicali, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 59; 4. Juan Guillermo Berenquer/Rodolfo Navarro, Mexicali, Mexico, Honda TRX450R, 56; 5. Christian Anaya, Tecate, Mexico/Kelly Ramirez/Omar Aluardo, El Cajon, Calif./Marco Marrujo, Chula Vista, Calif., Honda TRX450R, 54.
CLASS 26—1. Joe Rice, Lomita, Calif./Fernando Avalos/Alejandro Avalos, Ensenada, Mexico, Can Am Outlander800 (1), 65.
SPT TRUCK—1. Nick Tonelli, Huntington Beach, Calif., Ford Ranger (2), 102.
SPT BUGGY—1. Jim Bunn, Bristol, Va., RGBBuggy-Chevy (2), 134.
SPT UTV—1. Thomas Graves, San Diego, Yamaha Rhino (1), 65.
SPT M/C 450cc<—1. Mark Winkelman, Cedar Hill, Texas, Honda CRF450X (1), 68.
SPT M/C 450cc>—1. Adam McCamish, Upland, Calif., Honda CRF450X (1), 75.
SPT ATV—1. Juan Dominguez, Yuma, Ariz., Honda TRX450R (1), 72.
Engine Builder—1. Kroyer, 217; 2. FAT 143; 3. Wik’s 90; 4. Dougan’s 74; 5. Major 74.
Original Buggy Chassis—1. Jimco, 191; 2. Romo, 51; 3. Kreger, 47; 4. Mirage, 37; 5. Curry, 35.